Sep 29, 2012 3:00am PDT
to persuade people that governor romney is the guy they should vote for. at the national level, that means they need to fix whatever has gone so wrong with their campaign message and they need to stop doing whatever it is that has turned so many people off to their candidate. when you ask voters whether they like this mitt romney guy, the answer is a very, very plain answer. no. his favorable ratings are in the low 40s. almost 10 points lower than the ratings for president obama. lower, even, than the famously unpopular former president george w. bush right now. swing state voters say they do not think that mitt romney cares about the needs and problems of people like them. some of mr. romney's numbers are just shockingly bad. i mean double check. shockingly bad. look at the percentage of swing state voters who say mitt romney's policies will favor the middle class. in florida it's 8%. in ohio it's 9%. in pennsylvania it's 9%. whatever the romney campaign has done to get themselves to this point, whether it's mr. romney's tax returns, or the lack thereof, or getting rich by laying off fact
Sep 28, 2012 5:00pm PDT
leap, debate opponents in a single bound. >> we know that governor romney's been practicing for months. i think the invasion of normandy took less preparation than he's putting into these debates. >> he's articulate, smart. he did a great job in 2008 during that campaign as a debater. he had some tough debates with hillary clinton and he performed well. >> well, that was rob portman, of course, who has been prepping governor romney. before that, senior obama campaign advisor david axelrod. each has been working as though the entire campaign depends on what happens in next week's debate. the question is will it? we will talk about that in a moment. first, one indisputable truth, debates can make history. >> i have been -- >> september 26, 1960. the first televised presidential debate, signaling a new era where appearances matter more than ever and gaffes, however small, are magnified. >> the goals are the same for all americans. >> john f. kennedy, a young senator from massachusetts, facing off against vice president richard nixon, who is known to be a fierce debater. but on screen, ken
Oct 5, 2012 3:00am PDT
the president said which i want you to listen to. >> obama: governor romney may dance around his position, he may do a tap dance and a two step but if you want to be president, then you owe the american people the truth. [ cheers ] >> jamal: i don't know. he is talk about governor romney dancing. i don't know if you have seen mitt romney walking around he looks like his shoes are too tight when he comes out on stage. i kind of wonder was that a dog whistle. there was a woman who has a new show coming out, but i wonder if that's a dog whistle about awkward white guy. >> now all i can think about is him dancing, so it works. >> jamal: thank you for being here. i have had a great time. bill will be here on monday. i'm jamal simmons, @jam mallsimilar sons on twitter. have a great day. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show."
Sep 28, 2012 2:00pm EDT
romney. it is still competitive, but governor thompson was considered the best republican nominee. paul ryan nominated for vp. suddenly, wisconsin was possibly in the republican column. >> that night is the first debate, or is there a series? >> i don't know of the top of my head, but it will be an interesting evening because governor thompson is a state wide brand. he is known as governor tommy. he is speaking to representatives will lead as a liberal. -- baldwin as a liberal. she is going to try to define herself up positive way. he will try to define her negatively. >> the debate will be live from wisconsin, we will broadcast it live at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. >> tonight at 9:00, campaign coverage continues with the wisconsin senate debate. tammy baldwin debates tommy thompson. nbc is open because of the retirement of democratic senator herb cole. it is courtesy of wmvs tv in milwaukee. you can see it at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span and you can listen on c-span radio. leading up to the debate, we will reappear today is nebraska senate debate between bob perry and deb risch -- fischer.
Sep 27, 2012 8:00pm EDT
government romney said -- governor romney said about the 47%. my opponent does not seem to be care -- to care much about them either. he voted five times to ship our jobs overseas. nine times to continue its attack subsidies. he voted twice to and medicare by turning it over to private insurance companies. that is not providing a safety net. that is creating a problem for the people in the state of nevada. they need to know who is fighting for them and who is fighting for the big guys. whenever my opponent says, he talks a good game rather than spending with middle income people from nevada who lost their jobs through the -- through no fault of the rhone, he has been taking care of business at home. you want to create jobs? invest in nevada's fledging energy companies. he voted against investing in nevada's companies that will create good paying jobs right here in nevada. >> thank you. >> she has so many talking points. she has not helped the middle class. nobody has done more to hurt the middle class than my opponent. every time they come for a handout, she bell's them out. she bailed on eve
Sep 28, 2012 9:20am EDT
're doing the opening bell, but they're up. now to the election, governor romney took some heat out and talking about the americans who will not vote for him. listen to this. >> who believe they are entitled to health care, food, housing, you name it, the entitlement and the government will vote for this president no matter what. stuart: recent figures showed the number of people not paying federal income tax has spiked under president obama. 47% is a legitimate figure. and the latest fox news poll shows voters are fed up. when asked if all americans should be required to pay some kind of federal income tax, 79%, yes, they should. and joining us with americans for tax reform, maddie go through it for me fast. how did the spike happen? i believe there was a spike in the number of people not paying any federal income tax at all. >> right, we've got romney talking about this and the media saying that this is, you know, him insulting, inelegant, a problem talking about it, what it is a referendum on obama policies and the state of the economy. what we've seen are incomes falling and peo
Oct 1, 2012 2:05am EDT
. new jersey governor chris christie set a high bar for romney. >> this is the first moment when the american people are going to be able to see the two guys side by side laying out their vision unfiltered. i think that will be a purrfowe moment for mitt romney. >> reporter: they're preparing for romney to come armed. >> they've been practicing zingers for months. >> reporter: abc news political analyst, matt dowd says at this point, romney and obama advisers are style over substance. >> the debates that have changed people's mind are about physical characteristics and mannerisms in the modernage and not substance of policy issues. >> reporter: both have challenges, the president needs to keep his answers short to avoid sounding like the professor heas before the white house. romney must come across relatable and really connect with voters. karen travers, abc news, washington. >> hmm. >> all right. >> talking about the whole style not substance. style? >> style is important. and particularly just likability, what people feel like they, they feel lik they have a comfort zone with